London (AP) - After the turbo start in the championship race for Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola is preparing for an immediate reissue of the Premier League title duel of the preseason.
Klopps FC's 4-1 challenge to FC Liverpool's league start to Norwich City kicked Manchester City's champions into a peat event. And with the 5: 0 of the English football champion at West Ham United Coach Guardiola was not even completely satisfied. "Five goals is a perfect start, but the first half was far from where we wanted to be," said the starting coach.
The thrilling duel between England's top teams, which separated only one point in the preseason, apparently continues seamlessly. The local newspaper "Manchester Evening News" praised Gabriel Manes (25th minute), Raheem Sterling (51./75./90.+1) and Sergio Agüero (86./staff) three times in praise of the Man City title express », Which even" nonsense "with the new video evidence" does not derail ".
A second goal from Jesus was withdrawn after intervention by the video assistant, the second confirmed by Sterling against it. Agüero's penalty had to be repeated after video evidence - fortunately for the Argentine, who had failed only on West Ham keeper Lukas Fabianski.
Although City was initially difficult, the runaway victory, as on the previous day, Liverpool's appearance as a clear statement in the direction of the title competition. Until the direct duel on the second weekend of November both coaches still need to improve. Guardiola missed the "rhythm". Klopp said, "We're early in the season and there are a few mistakes that will not happen during the season."
Liverpool had scored all goals in the first half. "If someone had told me before that we were playing this way for the first 60 minutes, I would have said: Okay, I'll take that," said Klopp, whose mood was clouded only by the calf injury of goalkeeper Alisson. The Brazilian will definitely miss the European Supercup against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Otherwise he has "nothing bad to say about the game," according to Klopp. After a Norwich own goal, Mohamed Salah (19th), Virgil van Dijk (28th) and Divock Origi (42nd) met in Anfield, where fans finally want to celebrate a championship again after 30 years.
In newly promoted Norwich, whose traveled supporters could at least celebrate the honorary goal of ex-Schalke Teemu Pukki, the German coach Daniel Farke was disappointed. "We did not go there for warm words or for compliments," he said in the ZDF sports studio. "We also wanted to bring a result." For Farkes team it will be a long way to relegation.
Guardiola statements on Man City website
Guardiola statements at BBC Sport
Klopp statements on Liverpool website
Report of the Manchester Evening News
Kane statements at BBC Sport
Premier League website